Monday, October 1, 2012
One highly recommended web site for those people who are interested in Web 2.0, Social Media and Participation Technologies is Classroom 2.0. Started in 2007 by Steve Hardagon, this site is an online community which can be very useful for those teachers who want to use the internet tools and resources in their classrooms.
This online social network offers us a wide range of different materials. It is nonetheless recommendable to register to get full access to all of them. Among the variety of resources that it offers, we can mention the collaborative projects on WEB 2.0 labs, the discussion forum, chat, workshops, etc. There is also an online book available and written by the own members. They also set up many events and conferences throughout the year, which are worldwide and held online.
Classroom 2.0 is undoubtedly a very appropriate group where you are able to work with other teaching professionals interested in technology in the classroom. It is especially useful for those people who are beginners , and may not have a big knowledge of these resources and tools. I found it very interesting because it could also be a great support for people like me. I have some knowlegde about technologies in the classroom, but my professional experience is quite limited until the moment. Although my objective is to become a TESOL teacher in Spain, I would like to apply new technologies to my classroom, because I consider them powerful tools and resources to learn second languages. This community could be a perfect support to clarify the doubts that I am going to have in the beginning of my professional practice, and it could also help me to improve my habilities on using these tools.